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Johnny Depp Explains How Becoming a Dad Gave Him "a License to Just Kind of Go Nuts"

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June 26, 2013 AT 4:00 AM
It was just a couple of weeks after Johnny Depp celebrated his 50th birthday when we sat down with him in Santa Fe, NM, to discuss his latest role in The Lone Ranger, and talk turned to how his life and career have changed over the decades. Johnny reflected on how "the veil was lifted" when he became a father and said his kids, Lily Rose and Jack, freed him up to "have fun" on screen and off. The actor's latest role - as The Lone Ranger's beloved Tonto - might be one example of that new approach, but the job also had deeper meaning for the actor. Johnny formed a close connection with the Comanche people during shooting and was adopted as an honorary member of the tribe. The Lone Ranger hits theaters on July 3, and Johnny also gave us a peek into how he might follow up the film: with a big-screen adaptation of a book he loves.